The sacred rule of buying gadgets: you never buy second-hand. But when it is about hand-built quadraphonic mixing consoles used by Pink Floyd, than rules cease to exist. Why? It’s tech vintage on offer. Under the hammer goes the customized Midas XL3 quad console and a Britannia Row Productions custom-built quad panning device – used on the Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell world tours respectively –at the Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale in Knightsbridge slated on December 15th. Owned by Britannia Row Productions (BRP), originally started by Pink Floyd, these devices pre-sale estimation range anywhere between £5,000-£7,000 for the one used in on the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour; and £25,000 – £30,000 for the specially-commissioned, Midas XL3 Quad mixer used on the other.
Capable of filling a stadium with realistic sounds of helicopters to gun battle, what makes these sound-makers a collectible is their genealogy. To start with, they belong to the elite band of the six generations of quad mixing desks and external quad panning devices that were made during the band’s performing history (1969 and 1994), each using the best audio technology available at the time. And two, given that most music labels are now turning digital, these are the last few surviving hand made one-offs that are unlikely to be ever made again, or even replicated.
Now ain’t that like having a slice of Pink Floyd, and the best one at that! House on roll, do this good work – a percentage of the proceeds going to concert industry charity Stage Hand.